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Political Science

Provides free and subscription resource recommendations in general and various political science subfields. Includes listings of the most widely used political science data and statistical resources.

Locating Books in the Penn Libraries

The Penn Libraries, including the social science collections in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, provide a wide range of print and electronic books for all areas of politics and international relations.

General Article Databases

Two major commercial database vendors—EBSCO and ProQuest—are widely used to provide e-books, political science journals, and peer-reviewed articles. Universities will usually provide access to databases from one or both vendors. Important things to know about EBSCO and ProQuest.

  • Both provide access to dozens of individual subject databases that use a single search interface.
  • Both provide a varied mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, general magazines, and newspaper resources.
  • Both are multidisciplinary, which means they cover many subject areas, including political science.

Subject Databases

The following list provides the top subject-specific research databases for locating political science and public policy journals and articles.

Other Scholarly Databases

The following databases offer access to scholarly and peer-reviewed academic journals across most academic disciplines. Also listed are open access databases providing the latest working papers. Working papers are scholarly articles in the process of being written for submission to scholarly journals. Because working papers are not yet peer-reviewed, their quality can range widely. However, they can still provide you with a wealth of scholarly information on a topic, along with references that can lead you to other useful articles.

Core Academic Journals

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data from approximately 12,000 journals from publishers in over 80 countries. You can use JCR to find the best journals published within specific research areas.

The following journals are listed in the JCR as the ten most cited, best-quality journals in the political science category. If you would like to review the JCR list of the top-cited political science journals in the last year, go to Journal Citation Reports and choose Categories >  Social Sciences, General > Political Science.

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